As we go to press with this issue, images of the war in Iraq have been a constant presence in our lives. From newspaper headlines read at the breakfast table to nightly news reports consumed with our dinners, it’s been hard to avoid talk of this war. But how has all this war exposure been affecting the health of the American public?
The Skinny on Fats
It's okay to chew the fat as long as it's the right fat.
By Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, FACSM
The number of overweight and obese Americans has escalated to such epidemic proportions that one almost gets the impression that fat is as contagious as chicken pox! In truth, dietary fat is not totally bad. Unlike other epidemics, obesity is somewhat misunderstood in terms of its actu...
The statistics about heart disease are not very heartening: Since 1918, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of mortality in the United States every single year (Hasler, Kundrat & Wool 2000). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), CVD claims the lives of nearly half of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year—almost as many lives as the next seven leading causes of death combined (AHA 2002).
Are you confused about whether or not alcohol can be good for your health? No wonder. One day, you read that red wine is beneficial. The next day, you hear that all alcohol consumption is bad. What’s the deal?
According to IDEA contributing editor Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, LD, the issue
is blurry. To help you make sense of it, Kundrat—owner of Nutrition on the Move, a sports and wellness nutrition consulting business in Urbana, Illinois—provides a few insights:
Led by a deep-fried version of the Twinkie, a fad of deep-fried desserts has swept across the country. This wave of decadence reinforces the need to communicate to clients the importance of resisting such temptations, however attractive or “innovative” they may be.
The body of research has shown that soybean protein and other dietary fiber can help reduce serum cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Now a new study indicates that legumes, which are high in bean protein and water-soluble fiber, may offer an important dietary approach to preventing CHD in the general population.
The new energy drinks available are gaining popularity. Athletes use them to boost performance, college students drink them to pull all-night study sessions and bar goers mix them with alcohol to keep partying. Manufacturers allege that the drinks are mostly caffeine and sugar—similar to soda pop—and harmless.